Grantee Criteria

The following are general guidelines to be applied when considering a new application for addition to the current list of Grantees and/or for a special one-time grant.

Special Circumstances (short term) Grant Programme

These would be short term grants for significant Canadian writers, not necessarily living in Canada, who need help through a difficult time. Or, in some instances a temporary annual grant which is a bridging grant until the person is eligible for OAS and the GIS.

  • The Foundation will provide financial assistance to approved applicants:
    • who are 55 years of age or over;
    • whose income is below the poverty level of the area where they are resident and/or who have some major health issues;
    • who are Canadian, and
    • who are published and have made a significant contribution to Canadian writing.
  • Applicants will be requested to complete and submit an application form providing basic information on their financial and health status, as well as their biographical profile for Board review. Updates of this information will be required annually.
  • The committee assesses the published works of each writer who applies to the Foundation and determines the significance of their contribution to the Canadian literary world. Each applicant is reviewed in the light of his or her unique career profile.
  • Applications will be approved, and grants authorized, by the Board of Directors.
  • In some circumstances where further information or clarification is required the Chair may ask a Board Member or an Advisor to contact the applicant.
  • Foundation assistance may be modified at the discretion of the Board of Directors.


Continuing (long term) Grant Programme

These long term grants are intended for distinguished Canadian authors living in Canada in financial distress.

  • The Foundation will provide financial assistance to approved applicants:
    • who are 60 years of age or over;
    • who have an annual income of $21,500 or less;
    • who, due to age or infirmity, are unable to earn an adequate income and are in extreme financial distress;
    • who are Canadian and living in Canada, and
    • who are published and have made a significant contribution to Canadian writing.
  • Applicants will be requested to complete and submit an application form providing basic information on their financial and health status, as well as their biographical profile for Board review. Updates of this information will be required annually for re-evaluation of continued eligibility.
  • The committee assesses the published works of each writer who applies to the Foundation and determines the significance of their contribution to the Canadian literary world. Each applicant is reviewed in the light of his or her unique career profile.
  • Applications will be approved, and grants authorized, by the Board of Directors.
  • In some circumstances where further information or clarification is required the Chair may ask a Board Member or an Advisor to contact the applicant.
  • Foundation assistance may be modified at the discretion of the Board of Directors.